Knowledge Management

How can we ensure that people have the know-how they need, when they need it? Knowledge is one of our most valuable assets for addressing the global health challenges of the 21st century. For knowledge to be used and shared, it must first be effectively captured and stored.

Using social processes and technical approaches to gather knowledge, curate it in useful formats, and share it among health practitioners and within health systems is the core of K4Health's work. Health systems, organizations, and communities of practice that understand and use knowledge management strategies and practices can strengthen the performance of healthcare workers and programs—which in turn can improve health outcomes, save lives, and strengthen economies and societies worldwide.

In Practice

Background

When country governments are strategic and efficient in investing their limited resources to meet the growing demand for family planning, they are more likely to achieve their family planning goals--goals that will help save millions of lives and improve the health and well-being of women, families, and communities around the world. A costed implementation plan (CIP) is a multi-year actionable roadmap designed to help governments plan and meet these important goals.

K4Health interviews MCH Director Niger MOH

K4Health Program Officer for Strategic Partnerships interviews Dr. Adama Kimou, Director of Maternal and Child Health, Ministry of Health, Niger

Background

Although each country faces unique challenges in meeting the health needs of its population, within a geographic region, governments, civil society organizations, and donors can benefit from learning from the experiences of their counterparts in other countries. K4Health partners with regional bodies to improve health in West Africa through strengthened collaboration, coordination, and knowledge management (KM).

Ouagadougou Partnership Knowledge Management Assessment

The Ouagadougou Partnership (OP) was created in 2011 and includes nine Francophone West African countries, donors, and civil society members with objectives to elevate the position of family planning in the social and economic landscape of the partnership countries, to accelerate the implementation of the countries’ family planning strategies and action plans, and to ensure coordination of donor investments. The Ouagadougou Partnership Coordinating Unit (OPCU) facilitates coordination among donors and member countries, as well as the sharing of information, progress, challenges, and successes among member countries.

Background

Although each country faces unique challenges in meeting the health needs of its population, within a geographic region, governments, civil society organizations, and donors can benefit from learning from the experiences of their counterparts in other countries. K4Health has partnered with two regional bodies to improve health in West Africa through strengthened collaboration, coordination, and knowledge management (KM).

Blog

Sophie Weiner

CCP | Communications Specialist

On June 11, 2019, USAID and K4Health are hosting the event “Learning from Zika: Lessons for future public health emergencies” at the District Architecture Center in Washington, D.C.

Simone Parrish

CCP | Global Repository Director

NOTE DATE CHANGE! This course was previously announced for June 18-20.

Stephanie Desmon

CCP | Director, Public Relations and Marketing

This piece originally appeared on CCP's blog.

Women wait for consultation at a health center in Buhigwe, Tanzania.

Women wait for consultation at a health center in Buhigwe, Tanzania. © 2017 Magali Rochat/VectorWorks, Courtesy of Photoshare

The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs has been awarded the U.S. Agency for International Development’s newest five-year, $35 million global knowledge management project.

The new project, Knowledge SUCCESS (Strengthening Use, Capacity, Collaboration, Exchange, Synthesis, and Sharing), will use the latest learnings from behavioral science and design thinking to make knowledge management easy, attractive, salient and timely. CCP has chosen to borrow from these disciplines because they are audience-first in their approaches, meaning that the audience is an integral part of building the solutions to ensure that the solutions work for them.

Resources

Update course flyer for the June 2019 Summer Institute course "Knowledge Management for Effectiv

The Global Health eLearning Center created this infographic to highlight its range of online cou